may: in which I fill the barn with hay

It's probably fair to guess that I missed all of my May goals before I even look back...

May Goals
Use the time off from working wisely.  Doctor's appointments, sleep, errands, doing workouts in new places.  Actually, this happened. 
Do core work more than once a week while lifting.  Ugh.  No.
Learn a second way to eat quinoa.  "Learned" but did not "cook."
Use the foam roller even when things aren't cranky. A little bit...maybe.
Discover and keep more healthy snacks in the house to avoid the 4pm "EAT ALL THE THINGS."  Total failure.

I'm three weeks out from ironman, which means I'm right where I should be: as loaded as possible, and now it's time to very slowly roll downhill towards the race.  Swimming took a bit of a backseat this month - I feel like mostly what I was doing was either maintenance, to keep up with all the good hard work I put in this winter, or recovery, to give my legs a little gift to help ease the pounding they took day in and out. I saw three weeks of more cycling volume than I've done since last summer - or maybe ever.  I'm pleased to be able to say a month later than my saddle and crank situation didn't even cross my mind with all the riding I did this month, which means that drama-rama can finally be laid to rest.  I got multiple opportunities to practice my ironman nutrition, and I feel good about what I've finally settled on.  And the most notable thing about running is that I'm still doing it.  I made it.  I'm not injured or nursing any injuries right now, I did the longest long run of my life, I ran a ton of miles and I'm still standing.  That's gotta count for something.

The rest of my life took a major backseat during this final build.  Up until this training block, I hadn't really been surprised by the volume or how I felt.  This block was different, and I expected it to be different but I can say now that I really had no idea what to expect.  It was tough on me, but it was also tough on my friends and especially my family, and I'm glad to be coming out the other side.  I'm still in a pretty deep fatigue hole but I'm excited to feel like I'm getting excited about this race.

Looking down into June, I'm not planning on making many goals.  I've still got three weeks of training left, and while it's tapering, it's still going to be volume.  I've got my fingers in a lot of different ears right now about jobs, and I am desperately hoping that by the time I write the next recap, I've got something lined up.  Because as much as it may be nice to not work, it's causing me a lot of stress financially and honestly, I'm bored.  I need more stimulation than this and my puppies need brown circles and tennis balls.  

Miles run: 112.4
Miles run in the neon shoes: many several more than 0
Miles cycled (I'm almost afraid to look): 659.55
Containers of EFS consumed: almost 5
Outdoor swims: 1
Days I gave up on trying to make sure I had adequately refueled: 6
Days that contained IM-training meltdowns: 3
Days that contained confidence-building long rides/runs: 5
Packages of double stuf Oreos eaten: 1

June Goals
More outdoor swimming.
Now that the peak block is over, get back in the weight room.
Continue to steer clear of all things that cause IM anxiety (people, places, online training calculators, etc.)
Make plans for July that include the words "beach" and "margarita" and "grill" and "drunk" and NOT the words "bike" or "train" or "heart rate."
Enjoy every single damp sweaty sticky second of race day.

What are your goals for June?  Any big races?


  1. "I'm not injured or nursing any injuries right now, I did the longest long run of my life, I ran a ton of miles and I'm still standing. That's gotta count for something."

    That counts for a TON, IMHO. #1 goal is always to get to the start line.

  2. Only one package of double stuffed Oreos?

    You are almost there!!

  3. Woo hoo, you're almost there!!! Great work and I can't believe the amount of EFS you consumed. I am assuming you must not do bars, gels, etc.

  4. You are on the way down toward the finish line of training and then the enjoyment of race day.

    5 containers of in the 32 oz ones right and not the handhelds.

    Watching this journey has been amazing and 100% real. Things that people should know about training for an IM you have given them.

    By the way, I got the refund but do I need to re-order my PSR shirt? I wasn't sure.

  5. Quite frankly, I'm selfishly happy that you are doing all of this in June b/c my injury is pissing me off and I'm living vicariously through your meltdowns, training, and bags of oreos. You are doing great girl! I cannot wait for your race and look forward to rocking the hell out of that Team Amazing Day shirt!!!

  6. Rockstar. Getting to the start line HEALTHY is ginormous, and so damn hard when you're putting up this kinda volume. Keep it up, and you're going to have one hell of a day to enjoy every second of.

    And once you've enjoyed crossing that finish line, you'll be able to enjoy an amazingly kick ass summer full of puppies shitting rainbows.

  7. I believe the appropriate ratio of meltdowns to packages of oreos is 1:1.

    1. Yeah, somebody had better get on the oreo eating stat to correct that imbalance before it's too late.

  8. So July is getting drunk on margaritas while grilling on the beach? Now I have a June goal..........

  9. only 3 more weeks left! Getting drunk is a good goal as well and is high on my list after my IM.

  10. Neon shoes!

    Congrats on surviving all the hardest parts of training and make sure enjoy these next few weeks. Hard to believe that when you write the next recap you will be an Ironman!

  11. Happy June! Outdoor swimming FTW. I hope to do some of that this month, too.

  12. Beach and margarita are the best possible words for post-IM recovery :-) You're almost there!!!

  13. Ah, the hay IS in the barn, the man HAS sufficiently been paid...and now is the time for you to calm the eff down. Yep, lower that heart rate with naps. Put those compression clad leggies on elevate when you aren't training, hell, eat more Oreos if that is the fuel your body is craving! You've worked so hard and it's getting so close! So excited for you!!!

  14. Goal for June: cheering on my Iron Maiden.
    2000 pictures (100 ass shots)

  15. Wait... so do you have a big race coming up or something???

  16. Sweet cycling volume! Hmmm. Goal-setting. There is a new idea I could try. ( ;

  17. I'm getting so excited for you, just 3 weeks!! My goals for June is to start building some volume and survive the olympic tri the last weekend that I hear has some intimidating hills all around, ok not on the swim..

  18. Reading this post seriously puts butterflies in my stomach for you, I cant believe its almost here!!! YOU ARE GOING TO DO GREAT BECAUSE YOU ARE!!!

  19. NOT INJURED. This is the best ever sentence on your blog.

    Also, 659 bike miles - YEEOOOWWW!

  20. There is nothing like the Ironman build. You nailed it! Enjoy the taper.

  21. Very solid month. Sounds like you are ready to kill that IM. Outdoor swimming= awesome.


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